Defence & Security

CJ tasks NGOs, companies on support for custodial centers

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

To boost the Criminal Justice System, the Chief Judge of FCT, Hon. Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf, has appealed to
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multinational companies to extend their aid and social corporate responsibilities to custodial centers across the country.

The Chief Judge made the appeal when he received the Controller of Corrections FCT Command, Ahmed Musa Ahmed, at the High Court Complex in Maitama, Abuja.

He applauded Controller Musa Ahmed for the leadership he has provided for the staff of the command in the discharge of their duties of reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating inmates back to the society.

The Chief Judge, who was represented by Justice Kekemeke, added that he marvels at the unrelenting and highly pushful way that the staff of the service dispatch their duties in ensuring that even the indigent inmates are granted quality legal representation and speedy dispensation of justice adding that both agencies are committed to utmost Justice delivery. The Trumpet gathered.

He particularly praised the correctional service officers who have been posted to all courts in FCT as Court Liaison Officers for their diligence as he promised to provide logistics and holding cells within the court premises to make their jobs lighter.

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He assured that visits to the custodial centres for jail delivery would be more frequent, adding that this would further reduce overcrowding in the correctional centers.

The Chief Judge further disclosed that the FCT Judiciary would continue to welcome collaborations in ideas and trainings to ensure that the FCT community is made safe

Controller Ahmed Musa appreciated the Honourable Chief Judge for the accolades and attributing it to the peaceful working environment made possible by the leadership of the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa.

The FCT Command has three custodial centres namely the Kuje Medium Security Custodial center; Suleja Medium Security Custodial centre and the Dukpa Model Farm Centre, Gwagwalada.

The total number of inmates in the command stands at 1,548.  While 1,125 of the inmates are said to be pretrial detainees, the remaining 423 have been fully convicted.

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